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21 September 2018

Abi shines in the Youth Development League

Year 12 student Abi Peake starts the new school year with more good news after she participated in the Youth Development League (YDL) that provides the best league competition for athletes in the area. Abi was competing with other athletes in a composite team known as Team Avon made up from athletes from Mendip AC, North Somerset AC, Team Bath AC, Yate & District AC and Bristol & West AC. The Team were very fortunate to have Mendip Athletics Club competing this season in both the Lower Age Group (LAG) U13/U15 and the Upper Age Group (UAG) U17/U20. Congratulations to Abi who helped Team Avon qualify for the National Finals at Bedford International Stadium. Teams from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Shaftesbury, Rugby & Northampton and Blackheath & Bromley met on Sunday (9 September 2018) for a National Championship. Abi came home with a bronze medal in the U17 100m sprint narrowly missing out on a Silver and a Gold Medal in the U17 200m sprint. Yet a determined athlete that she is with sheer determination and focus she smashed the 200m to bring back Bronze and Gold medals for the team. It is now time for a well-deserved rest from athletics for Abi whilst she embarks on...... more

20 September 2018

Stepping Out For the Samaritans

Year 13 student Gabriela Page at The Kings of Wessex Academy started this important year of her A Levels with an important mission when she and her father took part in the 25k Thames Bridges Trek to raise money and awareness for national charity Samaritans. This was a significant step for Gabriela and her family as it was in memory of her much-loved Uncle Mark who three years ago sadly passed away after taking his own life the day after her 14th birthday. Gabriela and her family have been grieving for Mark who was a fun, loving, caring and kind member of their family. But they now knew it was time to do something positive. So, after her first week back at school on Saturday 8 September 2018 Gabriela and her Dad Graham travelled to London to walk the 16 bridges and saw lots of different parts of the city, many of which were off the tourist map. Setting off at different start times and armed with a tracker, and a map annotated with pink arrows and facts about the historic bridges, Gabriela and her Dad walked and talked and enjoyed the camaraderie of the other walkers around them and listened to their stories. One man in the street movingly told them how Samaritans...... more

18 September 2018

Police in Cheddar are settled in at The Kings Of Wessex Academy

During the summer holidays, Cheddar Neighbourhood policing team and The Kings of Wessex Academy were pleased to announce the official opening of the new Cheddar Police station based on the academy site. The police station was previously based at the old police station in Cliff Street and commenting on the move Inspector Andy Pritchard said: “The old police station was too large for our needs, but we have been very clear that we need to remain in the heart of the local community. We consulted with Officers and partners to find a new location and we feel that this option, co-located with the school, will provide a great base to serve Cheddar and the surrounding areas.” The Kings of Wessex Academy said: “The Academy is pleased to welcome Cheddar Police to their new premises in the Old Cowshed on the academy campus following the refurbishment. As one of our respected partners, we value our relationships with organisations and people in our community and Kings has an established history of working closely with the local Police as part of our restorative justice programme for students. We are delighted the Police have chosen the Academy for...... more

18 September 2018

Academy Awards at Kings

It was time to celebrate last Thursday (13 September 2018) at The Kings of Wessex Academy with the 42nd Annual Awards evening to honour the academic year 2017-2018. The audience of student award winners, parents, staff, Governors, members of the PTA and friends of Kings; including local MP James Heappey and other dignitaries, clapped and smiled as over 300 awards were presented for high achievement at GCSE/BTEC and A Level; Tutor and Star Awards; Outstanding Progress in Literacy and Reading, and Outstanding Progress from Key Stage 2 to 4 and from GCSE to A Level; 100% attendance and Work Experience placements. Special Awards were presented for contribution to the life of Kings, many of which are legacies from friends of the Academy and in fond memory of former teachers, including the Andy Hitt Geography Award (awarded to Kirsty Jenkins), the Brian Elvin Cup for most promising A Level Historian (to Megan Childs) and the Peter Corrick Computer Award (to Sarah Moreman); as well as new awards, including The Artichoke Award for Excellence given by local design company. Community Awards this year were presented to John Pimblott, as...... more

06 September 2018

Axbridge Youth Sailors return from an intense summer's racing

Siblings Jamie (17) and Bettine Harris (15) from The Kings of Wessex Academy and Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club are now back in school after five weeks of international sailing competition. Bettine was representing GBR, sailing the 420 International dinghy in both the European championships in Portugal and the World Championships in Newport Rhode Island. Both events were steep learning curves for Bettine and her helm Megan Ferguson as it was first time they had faced the world’s top youth sailors in both tricky and complicated new conditions. However, they returned home full of confidence and won the 420 National Ladies Champions title in the season-defining regatta held in Brightlingsea Essex last weekend. Jamie also competed in the European event in Portugal, but for the first time in the Olympic class 470 dinghy and he and his helm Tom Collyer also returned with much extra experience which helped them finish an excellent 5th at the 470 nationals, racing against professional and Olympic podium potential sailors. In the midst of this Jamie and Bettine were reunited in the RS200 class where the brother and sister duo managed to win the RS200 Junior National...... more